Maternity – Pablo Picasso

Maternité (1909)
Pablo Picasso, Maternity, 1909, Oil on Canvas

“If someone could ever discover what unexpectedly makes a painting special -this very painting among so many others- then the question about artistic creation would have been answered and we would only have to create successful paintings.”

Reference book: PICASSO P., (2002), Σκέψεις για την Τέχνη, Athens: Printa (Picasso’s Thoughts on Art, translated from Greek into English by me)

Bather Opening a Cabin – Pablo Picasso

Bather opening a cabin (1928)
Pablo Picasso, Bather Opening a Cabin, 1928, Oil on Canvas

“I really like keys, I think they’re something really important for someone to have. In fact, keys haunt me. In my bathers’ series there is always a door that they try to open with a big key.”

Reference book: PICASSO P., (2002), Σκέψεις για την Τέχνη, Athens: Printa (Picasso’s Thoughts on Art, translated from Greek into English by me)

Woman with Folded Arms – Pablo Picasso

Woman with Folded Arms (1901-02)
Pablo Picasso, Woman with Folded Arms, 1901-02, Oil on Canvas

“Ultimately, all arts come to the same conclusion: we can describe a painting with words, as we can paint feelings within a poem. Blue -what’s the meaning of blue? There are thousands states that we call “blue”. We can talk about the blue of a pack of “Galoises”… in this case we can say that somebody’s eyes are of “Galoises” blue colour or, instead, we can say that a steak is blue, when in fact it’s red, as we do in Paris. That’s what I used to do when I’d try to write poetry.”

Reference book: PICASSO P., (2002), Σκέψεις για την Τέχνη, Athens: Printa (Picasso’s Thoughts on Art, translated from Greek into English by me)

Pablo Picasso – Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau, Profil a la Tour Eiffel, 1958
Jean Cocteau, Profil à la Tour Eiffel, 1958, Crayon sur papier

The B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music, in collaboration with the Museum of Pablo Picasso Münster and I. Kontaxopoulos’ Private Collection, present an exhibition entitled “Pablo Picasso-Jean Cocteau: The Pioneers of Modernism“, running to February 28, 2016. The display features 190 paintings, engravings, ceramics and artistic publications, carefully chosen in order to reveal the major influence that one artist exercised to another. 

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